Hope This Finds Me Well

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Stories about the past and future versions of ourselves and what we want to tell them. Hosts Maria, Steph and Sophie speak to people who have recently received a letter from their past self, to ask if life turned out as they expected. Guests unravel their most personal thoughts with three strangers, and find the beauty in the everyday. #HopeThisFindsMeWell is an editaudio original.

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When you get this, you'll know what I'm talking about: Kim, a future best-selling author* in the Philippines, writes to herself days after a holiday romance in Vietnam came to its natural conclusion. In one of the season’s most visual, dream-like letters, Kim immortalizes moped rides in the rain, and all-encompassing joy tinged with sadness. While she knew the relationship had an expiry date, Kim is trying at once to hold onto happy memories and embrace her next solo chapter. For this season finale, Kim opens up to Maria, Sophie, and Steph about living in the moment, her personal goals, and avoiding self-sabotage. The hosts also share their own letters written way back at the start of the season, and reflect on their recent-past selves.*our prediction, just listen to that filmic letter!Has this season inspired you to write to yourself? Tell us about it! hello@editaud.ioThanks to Matt for creating FutureMe and collaborating with us on this show by helping letter-writers opt-in to be interviewed.Links:Episode transcripteditaudioFutureMeWrite your own letter!Equal Parts - Maria’s love story podcast!

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Mar 30

36 min 37 sec

Good luck, future me. I hope you feel more certain: Noah, a high school senior in Illinois, is writing to organise his thoughts. Considering ideas of gender and where his identity might fit on the spectrum, Noah’s letter is full of questions for his future self. Now, as that slightly older person, Noah shares how the answers weren’t as important as the process of asking the questions in the first place. He talks about applying for colleges, disregarding labels, finding community online, and realizes that where he feels comfortable to express himself has slowly shifted since he wrote this letter. What do you want to ask your future self? Share your questions with us! Email hello@editaud.io to get in touch.Thanks to Matt for creating FutureMe and collaborating with us on this show by helping letter-writers opt-in to be interviewed.Links:Episode transcripteditaudioFutureMeWrite your own letter!TransAdoption - A Transgender Mentoring SubTransgender Law Center

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Mar 23

37 min 14 sec

I'm forever changed, you are forever changed: Nataya, a communications student at Washington State University, is writing to capture the anger and inspiration she feels after a powerful day of learning. Her curiosity piqued by an inspirational teacher, Nataya realizes the privilege her education affords her, and is determined to never stop reading or learning. Talking with hosts Steph, Sophie, and Maria, Nataya explores what it means to be a vegan, a journalist, and a feminist in 2021, and how she recognizes the seeds of who she’s become in her letter from four years’ ago. Plus, another influential woman in her life pops in for a moment!Have you written a letter to your future self? We want to hear from you, reach out at hello@editaud.io.Thanks to Matt for creating FutureMe and collaborating with us on this show by helping letter-writers opt-in to be interviewed.Links:Episode transcripteditaudioFutureMeWrite your own letter!Poll: 69 percent of voters support Medicare for All69 Percent of Americans Want Medicare for All, Including 46 Percent of Republicans, New Poll SaysUNESCO Literacy Rates in Afghanistan

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Mar 16

33 min 51 sec

You can still do all the things your heart aches for: Nicholas, a Marketing and Media Director in Colorado, is writing a letter for his 30th Birthday. But far from celebration, Nicholas’ mind is full of worry. What does faith look like when the church condemns him? Will he be rejected by those closest to him for living authentically? Will he ever be a famous musician-actor-model? Nicholas opens up to hosts Steph, Sophie, and Maria about his aggressively homophobic former workplace, the messiness of coming out as an adult, and asks why it’s deemed vulgar to show queer love in public, when heterosexuality is present everywhere.Have you written to yourself? Tell us about it! Email:  hello@editaud.io.Thanks to Matt for creating FutureMe and collaborating with us on this show by helping letter-writers opt-in to be interviewed.Links:Episode transcripteditaudioFutureMeWrite your own letter!

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Mar 9

41 min 15 sec

I couldn't have done it without you. Thank you. I love you: Jessica, a teacher in New York, writes to preserve the memory of losing her mother. Guilt-ridden and grieving, Jessica confesses to her mom how she lied to protect her, why she kept her voicemails, and what she’d give now to go out and run the errands she used to resent. In today’s conversation Jessica shares how re-reading the letter allowed her to forgive herself, discusses spirituality, and where she plans to eventually scatter her mom’s ashes.We’d love to hear your letters. Get in touch if you’ve been writing to yourself in tough times:  hello@editaud.io.Thanks to Matt for creating FutureMe and collaborating with us on this show by helping letter-writers opt-in to be interviewed.Links:Episode transcripteditaudioFutureMeWrite your own letter!Head StartRecommended listening: A great radio show about the magic of voicemails!

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Mar 2

45 min 23 sec

Hope all goes well and you're not too grey or fat: Rory, a new dad in Kilkenny, Ireland, is writing to himself 7 weeks into fatherhood. A first baby and a new job; Rory finds life as he knew it quickly slipping away. Speaking to hosts Sophie, Steph, and Maria 10 years later, Rory reflects on the fear he had for his future, who gets baby-naming priority, and why he’s looking forward to retiring. Have you dug out an old letter from 10 years ago? Share it with us! hello@editaud.io.Thanks to Matt for creating FutureMe and collaborating with us on this show by helping letter-writers opt-in to be interviewed.Links:Episode transcripteditaudioFutureMeWrite your own letter!Is Ireland part of the UK?

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Feb 23

24 min 27 sec

It's fun to hope that things stay the same: Madison, an Eating Disorder Prevention Advocate in Iowa, is writing to herself to preserve her contentment, and remind Future Madison of all she’s achieved in the past year. Hosts Steph, Sophie, and Maria talk with Madison about moving away from home, learning to love our bodies and look after our minds, and how a terrible end to a date can still lead to love.Let us know if you’ve been writing to your future self! Reach out at hello@editaud.io.Thanks to Matt for creating FutureMe and collaborating with us on this show by helping letter-writers opt-in to be interviewed.Links:Episode transcripteditaudioFutureMeWrite your own letter!National Eating Disorder Information Centre (Canada)National Eating Disorder Association (US)Beat Eating Disorders  (UK)

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Feb 16

32 min 50 sec

You are a queen to me, and I send nothing but love and reverence to you: Jenn, an entrepreneur in Oregon, is writing to herself in a rare moment of peace, before the garbage trucks and her abusive partner return and kick up the dust once more. Now, three years later, she shares how overcoming the challenges in her letter - as well as yoga and weed - allowed her to access her core strength and find a love “so good it’s stupid”. Plus, some fluffy friends make an appearance.Have you ever written to your future self? We want to hear about it! Email hello@editaud.io.Thanks to Matt for creating FutureMe and collaborating with us on this show by helping letter-writers opt-in to be interviewed.Links:Episode transcripteditaudioFutureMeWrite your own letter!Assaulted Women’s Helpline (Canada)SOS Violence Conjugale (Canada, fr)Talk 4 Healing (Canada)National Domestic Violence Hotline (US)Refuge (UK)Southall Black Sisters (UK)Women’s Aid (UK)Pankhurst Trust (UK)Galop.org (UK)

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Feb 9

39 min 35 sec

Change the world sir, and love like crazy: Marlo, a public speaker in Barbados, writes to his future self off the back of a breakup and on the brink of another big move. Hosts Steph, Sophie and Maria discuss what ‘home’ really means, hear Marlo’s philosophy on expectation-free-dating, how to make friends as an adult, and why he went for coffee with a racist.  Marlo reflects on painful experiences, and how he uses failure to learn, and try again.Have a story about writing a letter to yourself or a loved one? We want to hear it at hello@editaud.io.Thanks to Matt for creating FutureMe and collaborating with us on this show by helping letter-writers opt-in to be interviewed.Links:Episode transcripteditaudioFutureMeWrite your own letter!MarloClarke.comBlack Youth Hotline (Canada)Black Health Alliance (Canada)Black Legal Action Centre (Canada)Ally Toolkit for Canadians (Canada)Racial Equity Resource Guide - Organizations (US)BLAM - Black Learning Achievement and Mental Health (UK)Black Minds Matter (UK)Racial Equity Tools Glossary

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Feb 2

40 min 19 sec

With hope, love and with whatever emotion is left in you: Bella, a recent highschool grad in Utah, is writing her future self encouraging messages during a global pandemic. Hosts Steph, Sophie and Maria talk to her about maintaining friendships during COVID, living in such a polarizing political state, and finding strength in yourself. Her letter serves as a reminder to all of us that the future is unpredictable, but that taking care of ourselves can be a constant practice. What would you tell your future self if you had the chance? Let us know at hello@editaud.io.Thanks to Matt for creating FutureMe and collaborating with us on this show by helping letter-writers opt-in to be interviewed.Links:Episode transcripteditaudioFutureMeWrite your own letter!National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health 2020Equality UtahGenderbandsTEA of UtahEncircle

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Feb 2

33 min 45 sec

The one thing about love is it doesn’t run out: Marie, an accountant in her 50s living in the Midwest of America, is writing to her future self and telling us the realities we often don’t see in the media. Does debt-free living actually exist? Can you heal a marriage after an affair? What is sex in your 50s really like? Hosts Steph Colbourn, Sophie Shin and Maria Passingham sit down and ask if anyone really knows what they're doing, and revel in Marie's wisdom about 'taboo' subjects. Oh, and we talk about pickup trucks!Have you written a letter to your future self? We want to hear from you, reach out at hello@editaud.io.Thanks to Matt for creating FutureMe and collaborating with us on this show by helping letter-writers opt-in to be interviewed.Links:Episode transcripteditaudioFutureMeWrite your own letter!Study shows money linked to happiness, but only to a pointHappiness, income satiation and turning points around the worldHigh income improves evaluation of life but not emotional well-being

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Feb 2

42 min 46 sec

Stories about the past and future versions of ourselves and what we want to tell them. Hosts Maria, Steph and Sophie speak to people who have recently received a letter from their past self, to ask if life turned out as they expected. Guests unravel their most personal thoughts with three strangers, and find the beauty in the everyday. #HopeThisFindsMeWell is an editaudio original.  

Jan 15

1 min 51 sec